Oct 1, 2012 9:00pm PDT
over the years. there's two main categories they have. one is how to reduce the size of government, and the other half of it is this model legislation that's in the corporate good. in other words, there's a profit driven legislation. how can you open up a new market? how can you privatize something that can open up a market for a company? and between those two divisions you are kind of getting to the same end goal which is really kind of ultimate privatization of everything. >> mark pocan is something of an expert on alec. in fact, to learn as much about it as he could, he became a member. >> what i realized is if you join alec for a mere hundred dollars as a legislator you have the full access like any corporate member. >> he also took himself to an alec conference for a first-hand look. >> hi, i'm sta representative mark pocan. welcome to my video blog. i'm outside the marriott on canal street in new orleans at the alec convention, american legislative exchange council. that was where you watch the interaction of a room full of lobbyists-free drinks, free cigars, wining, dining,
Oct 3, 2012 12:00am PDT
center for al-shabab, the group that's fought somalia's internationally backed government for years. al-shabab is allied with al- qaeda, but the militants now have been driven out of all of somalia's major cities. those are some of the day's major stories. now, back to judy. >> woodruff: the men at the top of the presidential tickets hunkered down again today for debate preparation, ahead of the big meeting tomorrow night. but they also managed to break away briefly-- president obama for a visit to the hoover dam, and governor romney out with an aide to buy lunch, a burrito. meanwhile, their running mates made multiple stops in key states. vice president biden told a crowd in charlotte, north carolina that mitt romney would raise taxes on most americans to fund tax cuts for the wealthy. >> how they can justify raising taxes on the middle class has been buried the last four years. how in lord's name can they justify raising their taxes with these tax cuts? look, folks, we've seen this movie before. massive tax cuts for the wealthy. eliminating restrictions on wall street. let the banks w
Oct 4, 2012 10:00pm PDT
? think that because sam adams was such a patriot, and a foe of big government, maybe that's why republicans like to drink sam adams beer and democrats like to drink vodka, rum, tequila. a wine that would be very predictive of partisanship. >> where does this republican eat dinner? >> cracker barrel. olive garden. applebees and ruby tuesdays but not tgi fridays for some reason. i don't know why. >> he knows what you drink, he knows where you eat, what restaurants you eat in. >> and he knows before i do. >> it's a little scary. >> absolutely. yeah. yep. >> reporter: and he knows what we watch. armed with that kind of information, the parties can plant their ads in the places that will most likely yield a harvest. that all-important bubble of independents and undecideds. >> we looked at the partisanship of the weather channel over the past ten years and it stayed right in the middle. >> reporter: and that goes for local tv, too. we described george to will, and will predicted exactly what stations george watches in raleigh. nbc 17 and wral. >> i watch nbc 17 and i also watch wral.
Oct 4, 2012 10:00pm EDT
and opposed big government. maybe that's why republicans like to drink sam adams beer. democrats like to drink vodka, rum, tequila, sauvignon blanc would be predictive of partisanship. >> where does the republican eat dinner? >> applebee's and ruby tuesdays but not tgi fridays. >> he knows what you drink and what restaurants you eat in. >> and how i'm going to vote before i do. >> it's scary. >> absolutely. yeah. >> reporter: and he knows what we watch. armed with that kind of information, the parties can plant their ads in the places that will most likely yield a harvest, that all important bubble of independents and undecideds. >> in north carolina -- >> we looked at the partisanship of the weather channel and is it in the middle. >> reporter: that goes to local tv. will predicted what stations george watches in raleigh, nbc 17 and kral. >> i watch nbc 17 and wral. >> you learned a lot about who your constituency is. >> too much sometimes. >> the ads pile up and the phone keeps ringing. most of it targeted at george, who insists the debates will be the most important factor in his decision.